The Ragdoll, History and Description of the Breed

Many stories are told about the origin and development of the ragdoll, one of these stories is as follows: A white female cat was hit by a car and badly wounded. Ann Baker took pity on her and the cat completely recovered and even gave birth to some wonderfull kittens. Ann Baker percieved, that they had an exceptionally beautifull silky furr and a nice character. By taking them in their arms the kittens relaxed completely. The name was born: Ragdoll.
By interbreeding with (probably) Sacred Birmans, Burmeses, Persians and home cats the ragdollbreed was developed. In 1965 the Ragdoll was recognized officially as breed in the United States, in 1983 in Great Britain and it was about 1990 that the first ragdolls came to The Netherlands. In 1991 the breed was recognized bij the Fife, the overall organization of the European cat unions..

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Top left Josephineand her first litter and top right Ann Baker with Fugianna, the very first Ragdoll bi-colour.

De Ragdoll is a large, bulky and handsome cat. Male ragdolls, fully matured, could weigh up to 30 pounds. Females weigh up a little less, usually 15 to 20 pounds, when fully grown
Ragdoll kittens are born white with their color and patterns started to show when they are about ten days old.Their full color and development is not reached until they are 3 to 4 years old
The furr is very soft and silky, it's medium to very long and seldom mats. . They shed very little and require minimal grooming
Ragdols have an unique personality, friendly and docil, they are not fighters and it's easy to keep them in the house. They enjoy being held like a baby.
It is not true that a ragdoll should not feel pain or that he cannot catch mouses and birds. He feels pain like any other animal and like any other cat he catches mouses and birds. The hunting-instict did not disappear.

When Ann Baker started her breeding program the first generation of ragdolls were born black, white or black and white, the solids or non-pointed, still they exist.and not only black or white but many other colors. When she introduced us the ragdoll later on the breed consisted in three color patterns: bi-color, color point and mitted and the colors seal and blue.
Now there are more patterns: Lynx point and tortie point. And also more colors: Chocolate, lilac, cream and red
All ragdoll kittens are born white, after about ten days the pattern and color will be visible. All ragdolls have blue eyes..

The mitted (picture on the left). Point colored mask. Ears and legs with white mittens on the front feet and white boots on the back legs. The chin, ruff and stomach are white. The paw pads are pink.

 

Mitzi van het Duivelshofje, blue mitted female


Point colored mask, nose, legs, feet, paw pads and tail (picture on the left). The color point has no white.

 

 


Adonis van het Duivelshofje, blue colour point male


Bi-color ragdoll has a white inverted "V" in the mask (picture on the right). The back is colored. Point colored ears and tail, white legs, ruff and stomach.
Nose and paw pads are pink. Colored spots are not allowed in the white of the furr, white spots are not allowed in the colored parts and ears.

BW Babydolls Little Demon Seal Bi-colour male
Owner Fam Balemans, cattery "Rosevalleyrags"
formerly "Het Duivelshofje"



The lynx pattern overlays anyone of the above mentioned patterns. The lynx pattern shows as tabby markings on the face in what appears to be the letter "W" (picture on the right).

 

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Cleopatra van het Duivelshofje Seal Lynx Point female
Owner Fam. Balemans, cattery "Rosevalleyrags"
formerly "Het Duivelshofje"


The tortie pattern overlays any one of the above mentioned patterns. Tortie points, color-wise, will generally have Red or Cream mixed with one of the other colors (picture on the left)

 


Van Zeewolde Doris, seal tortie point female